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Plasma - Element Brewing Company

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  9.33% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 04-27-2013

Gluten free Sake IPA.
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From the beer fest in Springfield Massachusetts: Gluten free IPA brewed with, malted millet, malted buckwheat, and brown rice.

Lots of glass lace, perfect head in a 4oz glass.

Plenty of sweet malt in the nose? Lots of hop presence in the aroma, what it is not sure, American, German- not sure.

Surprisingly body for a GF beer. Full bodied. Could have been a 'regular' malt based beer. Lots of hop finish, dry bitter on pallet.

Another win for Element Brewing Company, this malt-ternative beer stands up to any malt based IPA.

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Had this on tap at The Bodega BK. it's their strongest selection today, as well as a rare find. Glad to have been able to try this today.

A: light copper tone. Looks beautiful in this August sun. Virtually no head. Could be due to the fill or the nature of this DIPA beast. Probably a little bit of both.

S: Pleasantly malty and hoppy. Along the lines of most DIPAs. Doesn't offend yet doesnt surprise either. Average.

T: Now here's where we run into a little bit of trouble. Still nice, because it's a big DIPA, but a bit unbalanced. There is definitely a heavy malt presence, some hoppieness, but an unwelcome alcohol afterburn. Nothing crazy, but just not super pleasent. It's what separates it from a lot of other DIPAs, just not in a good way.

M: Full, low carb, not bad.

I love this ganre, so it's still an ok beer, but far from the best. I regret missing Double Trouble that Bodega had on tap last week.

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Decent fizzy bubbly almost 1 head that fades pretty quickly, then nothing left, hazy slight golden brown apple juice color.

Nose has some double ipa qualities but a strange starchy rice pudding aroma, nice citrus with some candied orange peel too start but that disappears quickly. Then Nice sweet genmai brown rice mash, little sweet candy like, reddish toasty malt that's missing something, little yeasty, earthy rice, touch nutty.

Taste is so-so, nice hop character at first, slight earthy hops, citrus and candied orange peel, light fruity apple like, bit of a spicy hop, little tannin. The background is semi sweet, little syrupy with hint of malt character, but not really malt it's interesting, some brown rice mash and little yeasty flavor, little tannin rice shell like flavor, little rock candy like. Finish is still fairly sweet, nice earthy spicy hop lingering, caramel flavor with more nutty brown rice and little starch.

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Pre-tasting: be careful of the caged cork- it actually works, unlike corked beers from other breweries (e.g Unibroue).
Unloosen the cage and the cork will come out easily - be sure to hold it with a dish towel and obviously point it away from your face and lights.

Beautiful light amber color with a 4F head which resolved itself to 2F which maintained itself.

Unsusual aroma: grapefruit, citrus with resin.- Sake style? The beer is brewed to be Sake-like, but I haven't tasted Sake.

Mouth feel- very pleasant and tangy.

The taste is citrus-spicy, although lighter than the aroma.

The finish is wonderfully dry.

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This is the most unusual IPA I have tasted. Like other beers from Element, the goods come through in the warming. There is an overall rice-grain taste and consistency to this beer, complemented with a citrus-spicy character. This brewery is definitely sailing in uncharted craft brew waters.

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